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Total Addiction

The Life of an Eclipse Chaser

Authors: Russo, Kate

  • A unique book about the "magic" attraction of total eclipse
  • Author herself a psychologist and seasoned eclipse chaser
  • Personal accounts help to convey the fascination
  • Entertaining reading for the bystander, incidental watcher and addict alike
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About this book

Seeing a total solar eclipse is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, for many who have experienced totality, once-in-a-lifetime is simply not enough. They want more, and are willing to go to great lengths often at great expense to repeat the experience. What is it like to experience totality? What is it about the experience that motivates these eclipse chasers? Is there an eclipse chaser personality? Can eclipse chasing actually be described as an addiction? This book describes the people who dedicate their lives to chasing their dream.

About the authors

Kate Russo is a seasoned eclipse chaser, having experienced nine eclipses in some of the most fascinating and far-flung locations on Earth. She has been hooked ever since her first total eclipse in 1999. Professionally, Kate has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK for the last 14 years.  She supports a doctoral-level training programme for clinical psychologists, as well as running a private consultancy practice. In her clinical work and research, she specialises in helping children and adults find meaning in their lives despite living with chronic and life-limiting medical conditions. Kate is a native Australian, but when not standing in the shadow of the Moon, she can generally be found in her adopted home of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The author manages to convey the utter glory of being in the path of totality for both herself and other eclipse chasers. … I have seen several total eclipses and understand completely why the author feels the way she does. If you, as I do, find people who do not seem to understand when you try to explain, I suggest you buy this and read passages from it.” (John Chuter, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, britastro.org, December, 2014)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • A Personal Introduction to Eclipse Chasing

    Russo, Kate

    Pages 3-12

  • Understanding the Passion of the Eclipse Chaser

    Russo, Kate

    Pages 13-19

  • Researching Eclipse Chasers: Surveys and Interviews

    Russo, Kate

    Pages 21-29

  • Totality: An Introduction and Narrative

    Russo, Kate

    Pages 33-43

  • The Science of Totality

    Russo, Kate

    Pages 45-51

Buy this book

eBook $14.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-642-30481-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $24.95
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-642-30480-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Rent the ebook  
  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
  • can be used across all devices
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Total Addiction
Book Subtitle
The Life of an Eclipse Chaser
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-30481-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-30481-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-30480-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 193
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 illustrations in colour
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